As Ramadan Begins, Controversial Mosque Won’t Be Ready to Open Doors

Steve Almasy and Melissa Abbey, CNN, July 19, 2012

Worshippers at an Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will have to wait a few more weeks before they can use their new mosque, officials said Thursday.

The mosque—subject of a two-year battle marked by legal wrangling, vandalism and anti-Muslim sentiment—still needs to pass inspection and get its occupancy permit, mosque officials said.

“It is unfortunate that we cannot be in our building for the start of Ramadan tonight,” the officials said in a written statement. “However, it does look like we will get to enjoy most of Ramadan in our building, especially the breaking of the fast at the end of Ramadan, on Eid-ul-Fitr.”


Kevin Fisher, who is opposed the mosque, told CNN affiliate WZTV on Wednesday that the issue was never about someone’s right to worship but rather about whether the planning commission gave proper public notice.

“I do believe in our system. I believe in due process,” he said. “You have to respect the system, even if you disagree sometimes with the decision it makes.”

Sally Wall, one of the leading opponents of the mosque, said she wasn’t surprised by the ruling and never thought her group would win the court case. She said she just wanted to show Muslims that they are not welcome in Murfreesboro.

Faced with the fact that the mosque is likely to be opening soon, she said she hopes it doesn’t bring “1,000 to 2,000 Muslim families here.”

She plans to keep up the fight, and said the controversy has drawn the community closer together.

“Everyone else feels the same way I do (about the mosque) except the 5% who moved here the day before yesterday,” she said.


A municipal worker who lives near the mosque said most of the residents in her neighborhood are more concerned about the traffic than the Muslim presence. But for the majority of the town it’s the term “Muslim” that counts, she said.


The issue is widely discussed among local residents and some people near her have even put their houses up for sale, she said, because they don’t want to be near a Muslim congregation.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has existed for more than a decade, but the fight erupted in 2010 when planning commissioners approved an expansion project.

The construction site has been vandalized several times, including by an arson attack in 2010, and federal authorities have charged a Texas man with calling in a bomb threat to the center before last year’s anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

“Not welcome” was spray-painted by vandals on a sign announcing the construction of the project.


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  • As a resident of Murfreesboro, I agree that proper notice was not given of the meeting to approve this mosque. The perodical, Murfreesboro Post where the notice was posted is a weekly giveaway paper that does not have the readership of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, which is the main newspaper. The Murfreesboro city council seems to think that the Murfreesboro Post is the acceptable source for posting legal notices.

  • chuck_2012

    Why do we bend over backwards to accommodate these people. A mosque is usually used as a base for terror activities and it should be shut down or demolished. Let the terrorists go and pray in Pakistan or some similar country.

    • NM156

      A mosque in the heart of the South is an absurdity. This was unimaginable even ten or fifteen years ago. These residents are being too polite. The force and speed of the spreading multicultural dystopia must have them stunned.

  • We have no defense against an enemy that must not be named or offended.  Maranatha.

  • IstvanIN

    Last weekend I actually got my father to admit that “Muslims aren’t compatible with us”.  Progress, if a bit too late.

    • Rocky Bass,

       Please tell me your Obama’s son?

  • MikeofAges

     A geopolitical movement. As much of it expansion came through infiltration as came through outright conquest. The typical mode was to immigrate to an area, take control of the local economy, take control of the political system, then force the conversion of the entire population. Much of Islam’s eastward expansion into Central and South Asia followed that pattern. Kind of like the fictional “Terminator”.

    “Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be
    bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or
    remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are

  • But as I explained, notice was not given in the most prudent manner. If this had been a Christian church, nothing would have been questioned. People were surprized that the mosque had been approved with little public notice.  Also there were other issues that had not been made known. For example, there was a dead body buried in Muslim fashion. The body was wrapped in cloth and buried without a coffin. This property is near a flood zone and if the Stones River were to flood, that body could end up floating in the river. There were rumors that someone had been murdered and buried there but it turned out to be that of an old man who died due to illness.

  • By the way, the main plaintiff in this case, Kevin Fisher is black and joined with other citizens who were angry about the mosque being given approval without a adequate notice of the hearing. They wanted  the judge to rule that Islam was a threat and not a legitimate religion. The judge ruled that Islam was a legitimate religion.

  • Rocky Bass,

     I would love an amendment that would state, that there will be no more mosques built than, there are synagogs in Saudi Arabia.

    • America First

       Supposedly Mussolini said the following, when he was dictator of Italy:

      “There will be a mosque in Rome only when a Roman Catholic church is permitted in Mecca.”

  • Rocky Bass,

     Judaism, it kinda that too.

    • Major

      Yea…I forgot about those Jews that flew into the Towers…and killed 13 soldiers at Ft. Hood…yep…those damn Joooooooosssss are at it again, right skippy?

      • Rocky Bass,

         Who said anything about terror attacks? There is a Zionist movement to do us incalculable harm and it’s based on a hatred of the Goyim and of the Torah. You are going to say you don’t see an international Jewish conspiracy in play?

        • Rocky Bass,

           If you have not seen the movie documentary “A Noble Lie”, you really should, it’s EYE OPENING.

          • Major

            Well…put your money where your mouth is…stop taking medicines invented by Jews…stop seeing movies produced, acted in and written by Jews. Give up your Apple products and BTW stay of Facebook…that’s run by a Jew too…make sure your next accountant has enough toes and fingers to count on….and stop seeing Jewish doctors to cure you of your next illness.

            And boycott men like Einstein or Jonas Salk…or the hundreds of Jews who’ve been awarded a Nobel Prize in just about every scientific endeavor they’ve mastered.

          • Rocky Bass,

             Major, what are you off about? I have never said that Jews didn’t contribute much in the way of science (Salk I would take exception with for sure), but when they do evil they do it VERY WELL too. You don’t think that all the multiculti crap and bilge from Hollyweird has done us harm?

  • Rocky Bass,

     Or maybe a pork rind factory in Mecca?

  • NM156

    It’s also Arab supremacism, imposed on every nation unlucky enough to find itself under its sword.

  • razorrare

    and now this….14 dead-50 wounded at movie theater in aurora,colorado…Islamic shooter…had enuff?

  • Whirlwinder

    Regardless of the legal brouhaha, once Islam establishes the beachhead of a Mosque, that becomes ‘muslim land’ and can never be relinquished by Islam. Islam is here to destroy America as we know it; the Constitution, the First Amendment, these are things that are diametrically opposed to Islam. These people should be run out of the country and never allowed back in.

  • jackryanvb

    It’s a great propaganda issue for our side. Don’t try to over intellectualize it, teach regular White folks in Middle Tennessee about Neo Conservative intrigues etc.

    It’s pretty simple – nasty looking and acting Non White Muslims from the Arab world, Pakistan, Somalia – lots of really nasty places are invading Middle Tennessee – these large Mosques are just the invading NW Muslim’s way of saying:

    “We’re taking over – what are you going to do about it Whitey”

    The demographics still look very good in Middle Tennessee – so just used this big mosque for propaganda purposes to control, end NW immigration.

  • jackryanvb

    Encourage your Muslim friends who are sympathetic to White racialism to write insulting letters to White Christians in Murfreesboro, if you don’t have any of these types of friends, maybe get a bit creative and write some letters yourself. Write about how this shows that White Christians are dying out in Tennessee and because of mass Muslim immigration, conversion of (young White women who enter in to polygamist Muslim marriages), Muslims will soon be the majority. Then maybe include some comments that the local Murfreesboro Christian denomination is a “false religion” and Islam is the one,  true religion, includes some true stories about homosexual perverts taking over Christian churches and you should provoke a White Christian crusade.


    Have some fun out there. And understand, sadly that most of our people aren’t too bright, so make your propaganda target these not so bright groups.

  • The fact that there are enough Muslims in Tennessee of all places to warrant a mosque, should in of itself raise red flags!

  • This controversy is a direct result of one issue:  The immigration issue.  The opponents of this mega-mosque are at a loss to frame their opposition.  I just gave them the blueprint.

  • Major

    Next you’ll say it’s too bad AH didn’t declare Nazism a “religion” too. Seems to many many Germans and Nazis though of it the same way muslims do…complete control over a states individuals.